I Made The Move Away From Diet Soda

by Louise
(United States)

(Editor's note: I received this short note recently and reprinted it with the sender's permission.)

I have been a Diet Coke drinker for over 30 years. I've also been a member of a well advertised national weight loss program. I went to the meetings. I took notes and tried to follow along with most of the ideas.

This program emphasized drinking plenty of water. I've never been a big water drinker. And so I thought, since Diet Coke was low calorie, I could just substitute that "safe drink" for the water.

After a few years, I dropped off that weight loss program. But I still kept the old Diet Coke habit. I had at least one everyday. I still thought it would make a difference in weight if I drank a diet version of soda.

Well, the waist line started getting thicker and the appetite increased. And my energy level would go up after that daily drink, but then would plummet. And I always looked for that sweet, after dinner treat.

My husband is a big sun tea drinker. He makes it all through the year. He doesn't drink any soda, but does have that iced tea nearly every day. Even in the cold months.

So one day I decided to try it myself. It was right there in the refrigerator. Right next to that Diet Coke. It took some real willpower to reach to the left, away from the cold soda can and grab that clear pitcher instead. But I decided to try some that day. It was the best!

I only drink sun tea or a glass of water now. That can of soda is still in the same spot in our refrigerator. I'm leaving it there to remind me of where I've been.

As for where I am now, I've noticed my waist line slimming and I've lost four pounds in the last two weeks. My appetite has gone down too. I don't feel hungry all the time. And my energy level has gone straight up.

I thought it would be a big challenge for me to stop drinking Diet Coke. But I don't miss it at all. And I get to see it everyday. As I reach to the left for the clear pitcher.

Please continue to put up the information about aspartame and about the other junk in our everyday food. Most people don't even realize the real facts because we've never been told. We only hear the advertising. And the sound in our heads as habits take over.

Please continue to add in some more book suggestions on better eating and drinking choices.

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Diet Coke
by: Louise

This is Louise.

I am still staying away from the Diet Coke. I don't even miss it that much anymore. The big test for me was going to McDonald's with my granddaughters the other day and not asking for a large diet coke.

That may seem like a small step, but for me it was a big achievement. I know everyday that goes by it will get easier, for it already has. I feel so much better and continue to see the weight come off and the waist line a little smaller.

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